Frequently Asked Questions

What is a neuropsychiatrist?

A neuropsychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD or DO) who specializes in the relationship between brain and behavior. A neuropsychiatrist completed 4 years of medical school, 4 years of psychiatry residency training, and 1-2 years of neuropsychiatry fellowship. 

What happens at an appointment?

Prior to the initial appointment, you will fill out a number of rating scales and medical history questionnaires. During the initial visit, Dr. Lodhi will conduct a neuropsychiatric evaluation involving taking a full psychiatric history and asking about both current and past symptoms. We will review medical history, previous treatments, current and past medications, and current stressors that may be affecting your mental health. We will then formulate a treatment plan which may include therapy, medications, and non-medication interventions. 

What age range do you see?

Our clinic currently sees adult patients 18 and over.

How often would I be seen?

When initially starting a medication, you may be seen every two to three weeks to titrate medication to a dosage and combination that works for you. As we find a regimen that works, appointment intervals are gradually increased to as long as once every 3 months.

Can I be seen in-network if you don't take my insurance?

Possibly. You may be able to be seen through a process known as a network gap exception. This is a special authorization that allows your insurance to cover services from an out-of-network doctor as if they were in-network. Often, insurance plans do not have neuropsychiatrists available in their network, or they may not be able to provide a timely consultation. In these cases, you should be able to get an "out of network ovverride" approval to be seen by Dr. Lodhi. 

Do you prescribe benzodiazepines?

No, benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium) are not prescribed.

Where are you located?

The majority of our visits are performed virtually, via HIPAA compliant video software. For in-person appointments, we have an office on the third flood of the Flood Building in San Francisco.

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